PRACTICAL FITNESS IN LIFE
What is practical fitness? The answer is fairly easy to understand when you look at your life and all the things you must do in a day. Without practical fitness, you will develop trouble accomplishing what you must. Practical fitness allows you to perform everyday activities.
You may have heard the saying that goes something like this “without your muscles you are just a bag of bones.” This refers to the fact that it is your muscles that facilitate the movement of you bones, so that you can be active in your life.
Practical fitness is being able to bend down and tie your shoes or being able to lift up a foot and put on your socks, without assistance. Can you reach up above your head for a glass in the cupboard without pain? When you go to the doctor’s office, can you get up on his examination table without assistance? What happens to your breathing when you climb a flight of stairs? These things are indicators of practical fitness.
FROM BABY TO ADULT
As an infant, you are born without muscle control. We learn it as our parents start to put things in front of us to reach for. At the same time, we are building muscle strength. We learn to walk when our leg muscles are strong enough to support us and we have developed our sense of balance. As we grow, through childhood to adolescence and then to adulthood, we build strength and endurance, if we are active. If we are not, then muscle atrophy will be a problem.
WHAT IMPEDES PRACTICAL FITNESS?
Injury, illness, loss of flexibility and malnutrition can cause issues with practical fitness. If we do not feed our body well, our muscles will not develop properly. Muscles tear and stretch. Illness and weakness also affect muscle strength. If we are a generally sedentary individual, our muscles will not be able to perform needed tasks and eventually we could become disabled. It is through daily movement that our muscles stay supple and strong.
ARE YOU PRACTICALLY FIT?
These questions might give you an idea of whether or not you are practically fit.
1. Can you balance on one leg without holding onto anything for stability?
2. Can you lift your arms up above your head without pain?
3. Can you bed over and tie your shoes without assistance?
4. Does sitting or standing for long periods of time create back pain?
5. Can you sit on the floor and get back up to a standing position without assistance from a person or something like a chair?
Practical fitness is the key to our ongoing ability to move in the most basic ways. Not being practically fit means adjusting how we do things and sometimes needing help. THE GOOD NEWS IS we can preserve and improve our level of practical fitness in very simple ways. Reading some of these posts at livefatandfit.com can help.
Please consider whether or not you are a practically fit person. Think about how restoring practical fitness can change your life and your ability to perform daily tasks. Think about what happens as you get older, if you are not practically fit. Consider how not having pain on movement could improve your mood. Think about it all and then decide what you CAN do to help yourself.
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